|Forum topic by D11RDozer||posted 12-06-2011 10:52 PM||943 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
12-06-2011 10:52 PM
I’m working on building a mudroom bench for my wife and I’ve come to a point in the design where I’m unsure what to do.
The piece is based on the following two similar plans:
I’m trying to merge the designs taking the basic features from the first bench (open shoe shelf and drawers) and the frame-and-panel look from the second.
My question is in regard to the drawer box top (horizontal area above the drawers) and the underside of the very top piece. How should these components be constructed? Frame-and-panel or solid panel?
I’m concerned about both the aesthetics and wood movement.
Wood movement is easier to manage with frame-and-panel, but would it look right on the horizontal surfaces that butt into other frame-and-panel assemblies?
Solid wood visually matches the seating surface, but wood movement becomes an issue in joining the piece to the rest of the upper assembly.
I haven’t been able to find pictures or plans for an existing piece that addresses this problem so I turn it over to the community for help.
Thanks in advance,